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Early Spring HOWA 2011

Tractor Talk

Tips for preparing your Bobcat compact tractor for spring

Bobcat compact tractor product specialist Joe Miller

Bobcat compact tractor product specialist Joe Miller

If you haven't used your Bobcat® compact tractor this winter, now is a good time to follow some basic steps to get it ready for the upcoming spring work season. Bobcat compact tractor product specialist Joe Miller recommends the following for anyone who needs to make sure their tractor is primed for work.

Springtime tractor to-do list

Step 1:
Check the engine oil and coolant, diesel fuel, hydraulic and front axle fluids. Bobcat makes it easy for any owner to check and fill these fluids. Both the engine and hydraulic dipsticks are easy to get to; the front axle uses a sight gauge; and the coolant reservoir is situated conveniently underneath the hood.

Step 2:
Check all of the filters and replace them as needed per the service schedule.

Springtime tractor to-do list

Springtime tractor to-do list

Step 3:
Check for any leaks and make repairs or tighten fittings.

Step 4:
Properly inflate the tires. Refer to your tractor's operator manual for the correct pressure.

Step 5:
Check the battery for corrosion and clean it. Check electrolyte level in cells. Replace battery or components as needed.

Step 6:
Check all electrical functions, including work lights, turn signals and hazard flashers.

Step 7:
Lubricate all of the grease zerk fittings.

Step 8:
Check all hardware for loose or missing pieces. Tighten or replace as necessary.

It's a good idea to closely follow the recommended service schedule. You can find this on a decal under the hood or in the Operation & Maintenance Manual. The Operator's Handbook, conveniently located near the seat, is helpful resource for proper operation of the tractor.

Recommended service schedule

Recommended service schedule

You will be ready to go once you've completed this list of eight basic steps. Concerned about doing any of these tasks or don't know where to get parts? Contact your local Bobcat dealer for help. They have parts and service departments ready to stand behind you and your compact tractor.